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C.O.W.S. program® (Cow Comfort, Oxidative Balance, Well-being and Sustainability)

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Rudra Desai Rudra Desai
Ph. D. fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals
January 21, 2019

All this can be achieved by dietary balanced feed management.

Joe Magadi Joe Magadi
January 22, 2019

Hi Karen,

I am mainly interested in the role of fatty acids in dairy cow nutrition as far as well-being is concerned. Firstly, can you comment on the possible benefit of C18:1 supplementation in early lactation as a way of mitigating lameness, since we know that this particular fatty acid is a major constituent of the soft pad and is mobilised as manifested in the increased levels in milk fat during NEB?

Secondly, what are your views on supplementation with C16:0 again in early? It is argued that the fatty acid promotes partition of energy towards milk fat rather body tissue and therefore exacerbates loss of body condition.

Thirdly, is there a role of omega-3 fatty acids in minimising oxidative stress?

Ben Kimoro Ben Kimoro
M. SC. Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition)
December 23, 2019
Great progress in animal welfare monitoring. Has it been applied on small dairy farms and what was the response?
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